Ever asked yourself how much work artistes put into making your favorite tune? These producers are the geniuses that make music what it is right now in Nigeria. Over the last 5 years, these men have stood out and made so much impact on our artistes and the industry at large. After so much research by our team, we bring you the top ten producers in the game.
1. Don Jazzy
What is music production in Nigeria and Africa at large without Don Jazzy? Michael Collins aka Don baba J has gotten so many accolades and made so many hits that he himself cannot comprehend. With works like “Eminado”, “Durobucci” , ” The Kick” “Ada Obi” , “Godwin” etc without even mentioning the numerous hits he made for D’Banj. He is currently the C.E.O of Mavins Records which houses Tiwa Savage, Dr Sid, D’Prince, Korede Bello, Reekardo Banks and Di’Ja.
2. Cobhams Asuquo
Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo is a talented music producer known for his extra-ordinary ability to create timeless music. Apart from playing a huge part in Asa’s highly acclaimed international album, ASA, he has worked with other highly rated artistes, including 2face Idibia, Banky W, Yinka Davies, M.I, Omawunmi, Darey Art Alade, Styl Plus, Bez, Rooftop Mc’s etc. His first official single titled Ordinary People was released on the 1st of January this year and it didn’t fail to impress as it was a master piece too. He is the owner C.A.M.P records.
Oluwaseyi Akerele,a graduate of Information technology from the University of South Africa, he came into the industry with a divine calling. Starting from his major breakthrough with “Shayo” by Bigiano, he has gone on to producing for acts like Wizkid , Wande Coal etc. Presently signed to Davido’s HKN Gang, he can be seen on almost every works of Davido , Sina Rambo ,B -Red .
Sunday Nweke started his professional career with Kennis Music producing for their acts, a versatile producer, he can make music for any genre at ease. With banging productions for big artistes like Banky W, Sound Sultan, Phyno, Flavor, Jaywon, Iyanya , Lynxx , CDQ etc to his belt . He is the C.E.O of General Records which houses CDQ.
Adesanya Doyinsola is that silent killer that your intuition warned you about. He became a household name after he produced that monstrous hit “Kukere” and “Sexy Mama” for Iyanya. He has progressed from that to making the classic Sean Tizzle’s ‘The Journey’ album with smash singles like “Sho le “, ” Loke Loke” Perfect Gentleman” etc . He runs Difference Entertainment which caters Sean Tizzle.
Osaretin Osabuohien sees music as a part of his being, in his words, he says “Music is my life support machine…I am empty without it”. This maestro has been in the game for a long time with countless bangers to his shelves, it seems everything he sets his hands on turn gold. Productions like “Beat of life” , ” Ghetto”, “Sound it” “Jaiye Jaiye” , “Kako bi Chicken ” makes him a genius.
Philip Moses is the in-house producer for Olamide’s YBNL record label. Pheelz who has been instrumental in the rapper’s rise to fame was involved in the making of Baddest Guy Ever Liveth album which contained tracks like Durosoke, Anifowoshe, Rayban Abacha, Eleda Mi, Baddo Love, Turn Up. He has made countless hits for the label and other artistes outside the clan. Works like “shoki ” ,”Awon Goonz mi” ” Popular” can be credited to him.
Mr Ayodele Basel has been in the game for quite some time , he is said to be responsible for D’banj’s “Why Me”, he has undeniably been a force to reckon with these past years. With credits like “On top your matter” , “Limpopo” , “Irawo” , “Shake” , “You Garrit ” etc. He is currently an in-house producer for K-Cee’s Five star Music Label.
9. Legendary Beatz
These brothers, Uzezi Oniko and Okiemute Oniko’s combination have indeed made a legendary impact. The combination of Legendary Beatz and Wizkid is always a masterpiece. They are the brains behind Wizkid’s “Azonto” , “Baddest Boy” , “Caro” , “Ginger” , ” Ojuelegba” and some forever green songs for other acts like “Emi ni Baller” by IllBliss , “2 Mush” by Reminisce , “Kokose” by Sound Sultan to mention a few.
Nifu Haruna has not only made a living for himself but has put his name in the sand of time. He has worked as a producer for Timaya, Faze, Dammy Krane, Skales, EME, Patoranking, Runtown, 2-shotz, This maestro produced Patoranking and Runtown’s Emergency and other hit tracks like “Girlie O” (both original and remix ft Tiwa Savage), “O Set” , “Successful” etc. He is the brain behind Patoranking’s success.